Mixed GCSE results for Morley secondaries

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Secondary schools in Morley have produced a mixed bag of results as GCSE pass rate statistics have been revealed.

74 per cent of pupils at Woodkirk Academy achieved five A* - C grades at GCSE level in 2014, trumping the national average of 53.4 per cent.

59 per cent of students at Morley Academy achieved the same feat, down from 76 per cent in 2013, while just 32 per cent reached that milestone at Bruntcliffe School.

The average for schools across the country fell for 2014, down from 59.2 per cent the previous year. A similar drop has occurred in Leeds, with statistics collated from 59 secondary institutions in the district.

Many have attributed the overall decline to wholesale changes to the exam system that have been introduced by the coalition government, with exams made tougher and pupils prevented from taking re-sits.

Bruntcliffe was one of 330 schools across the country that fell below the 40 per cent mark, with Maths and English regarded as necessary passes amongst five “good” GCSEs.

The school achieved a 51 per cent pass rate in 2013, but a troubled 2014 for the school saw parents protest against the school’s leadership, with then-headteacher Heather Scott later placed on sick leave in the Autumn.

No statistics were available for Ruth Gorse Academy, which only opened to 11 and 12 year-old pupils in September.

Woodkirk headteacher Jonathan White said that the changes implemented had made his school’s achievements “all the sweeter”.

He said: “We’re absolutely ecstatic about the results.

“The dedication of staff here is fantastic - they go over and above what is expected of them and of course the pupils respond to that.

“It’s great to see staff and students rewarded, particularly given the downturn most schools have faced.”

Leanne Griffiths, principal at Morley Academy said: “We are delighted that the performance tables show the exceptional progress and attainment of students at The Morley Academy.”

Full results for schools in the area can be viewed here:

http://www.education.gov.uk/cgi-bin/schools/performance/group.pl?qType=LA&superview=sec&no=383